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Why does Md. subsidize non-public schools? [Letter]

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I'd feel better about Maryland's budget if the outgoing governor had not kept putting millions of dollars into aiding non-public schools over which we have little to no control and which serve mainly religious interests ("Warning signs for Md.'s budget," July 2). It would also be good if the incoming governor would pledge not to do the same in that regard.

Why should we taxpayers be funding (directly or indirectly) religious schools that have a First Amendment freedom to practice discrimination in the selection of their students and staff and cannot be prohibited from teaching that their religion is the only legitimate one, that women should be restricted to a secondary role that mainly involves state-regulated child-bearing, and/or that gays and lesbians are undeserving of equal rights?

Kenneth A. Stevens, Columbia

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